The Pursuit of The Duke

If you haven't heard of Duke Robinson aka "The Duke" maybe you're familiar with some of the schools that have offered him a scholarship — Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Miami, Nebraska, Ohio State and LSU.

Robinson isn't rated among the top 30 players at his position but that hasn't stopped teams from finding out about the senior at Atlanta Booker T. Washington High School. Of course, it's hard to keep a 6-6, 325-pound offensive linemen under wraps especially at the high school level.

Word is out on this blocking behemoth who plays right tackle but projects as a guard in college. He has the size and strength to become a dominant player after refining his skills as an angle blocker.

"I like down blocking," Robinson stated, "and getting down field in front of the running backs."

Robinson has a self-reported time of 4.9 in the 40 while other reports place him closer to 5.7. While his coordination is still undoubtedly catching up to his massive frame, he does display agility and is quick off the line. He bench presses 355 pounds and squats 405. He carries a 2.9 GPA and is awaiting the results of the SAT which he took in mid July.

Although he doesn't currently claim a favorite, he acknowledges Georgia has an inherent advantage because that's the school he's most familiar with. However he appears to be open and doesn't plan to make his official visits until the fall campaign concludes.

"I'm looking a Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, UCLA, Arkansas and Oklahoma," he said. "I have offers from all those teams and I have like 30 or 40 overall. I'm not ready to name a leader but I always put Georgia number one as the first school.

"I'll narrow the list down around playoff time. I'm going to take my visits in January but I'll go to some games before then."

Tennessee is a school Robinson has watched closely growing up and at one time the Vols were listed as his favorite.

"I grew up watching Tennessee," he said. "Since I was little, I always liked them. They are a good program with good coaching and a real good offensive line. I like their colors a lot."

What he may not like is the number of young quarterbacks that will be battling for Tennessee's starting job next fall.

"I want to see the coaches and the program," he said. "I also don't want to block for a young QB. I'd rather have a more experienced QB so we can go to the SEC championship or whatever in my first year."

Despite the inexperienced state of UT's signal calling corps, Robinson is likely to at least take an unofficial visit to Tennessee, but he indicates the Vols haven't recruited him as hard as some other schools to this point.

"I'd say Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas and Clemson are on me the most," he revealed. "I like talking to the line coach at Oklahoma and Coach Randolph from Alabama. They both have a good personality and they understand me when I talk."

In regard to his senior season, Robinson said: "I just want to try to keep my head on straight and lead my team by example."

While Duke is keeping his head on straight he'll be knocking the heads of his opponents.


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